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10 Duurste Schilderijen ter wereld

21 April - 2019
by Vincent Moleveld


Online Gallery has listed the 10 most expensive paintings in the world for you. Millions are spent on paintings every year. These are the 10 paintings that cost the most at an auction (with inflation correction). So these are not necessarily the most expensive paintings in the world. The "Mona Lisa" or "the Night Watch" are of course worth a lot more, but these paintings are in the Louvre and the Rijksmuseum respectively and will remain here.

10. Portrait of Joseph Roulin - Vincent van Gogh

Joseph Roulin was Van Gogh's most dedicated friend during his stay in Arles, in France. Shortly after Van Gogh cut off a piece of his ear, Roulin was offered a better job at the Marseille post office and moved with his family in 1889. Shortly before his death in 1903, Joseph Roulin heard the first rumors about his friend's success, Vincent van Gogh. 

$ 58 million, after inflation correction: $ 107 million

Portret van Joseph Roulin – Vincent van Gogh

9. Nu au Plateau de Sculpteur - Pablo Picasso

The French mistress of Picasso can be seen on the canvas. The Spanish painter probably made the work in one day in 1932. Since the 1950s it has been part of an American private collection. It has since only been shown to the public once.

$ 106 million, after inflation correction: $ 124.3 million

Nu au Plateau de Sculpteur – Pablo Picasso

8. Garcon a la Pipe - Pablo Picasso

The Boy with Pipe painting, purchased by an anonymous bidder, is a masterpiece from Picasso's "pink period." Examples of this are only extremely rare on the market. That is why the auction attracted a lot of interest. There were more than a thousand Sotheby's customers in the room and the bidding took seven minutes. The hammer finally fell to 93 million dollars. The auction house added a premium of 11.2 million dollars to the auction house, so that the buyer ultimately pays 104.1 million dollars.

$ 104,100,000, after inflation correction: $ 124.3 million

Garcon a la Pipe

7. Bal Au Moullin de la Galette - Pierre-Auguste Renoir

Bal du Moulin de la Galette is an impressionist painting that was painted in 1876 by Pierre-Auguste Renoir. There are two versions of the painting: a large painting about two meters wide that hangs in the Musée d'Orsay in Paris and a smaller work that is in an unknown location. It is not known which of the two paintings is the oldest. The painting shows a ball at the 'Moulin de la Galette' dance venue in Montmartre, a part of Paris. The dance venue was located on a hill, at the time the highest point in Paris. The people in the painting look happy; the recognizable women are all women from the neighborhood and the men in front are Renoir's friends.

$ 78 million, after inflation correction: $ 136.4 million

5. Bal Au Moullin de la Galette – Pierre-Auguste Renoir

6. Portrait of Dr. Gachet - Vincent van Gogh

Portrait of dr. Gachet is the title of two paintings from 1890 by the Dutch painter Vincent van Gogh. There are two versions of this portrait, both from June 1890 during the last months of Van Gogh's life. In both paintings Doctor Gachet is sitting at the table, his head resting on his right hand. Both works are oil on canvas and measure 67 × 56 cm. The second version is in the Musée d'Orsay in Paris, the first in a private collection.

Record price and disappearance

The first version achieved a record price of $ 82.5 million in 1990 ($ 75 million plus 10 percent tax). It was bought by paper magnate Ryoei Saito, who died a few years later (April 30, 1996). Ryoei Saito created a scandal by stating that after his death the painting should be cremated with his body. That statement was nuanced by his employees as a proverbial expression of his admiration for the work. After Ryoei Saito's death, the painting no longer appeared at auctions.

$ 82.5 million after inflation correction: $ 144.1 million

4. Portret van Dr. Gachet – Vincent van Gogh

5. The scream - Edvard Munch

De Schreeuw is a psychic self-portrait by Edvard Munch. It is a painting based on its own traumatic experience. One evening Munch walked back to the city of Oslo with friends. They stopped on a bridge. As his friends walked on, Edvard stopped, seized by the landscape and the sky with the setting sun. He heard and felt the landscape around him scream. He felt powerless and depressed. This event impressed him so much that he later recorded this event on canvas.

$ 119,900,000

De schreeuw - Edvard Munch

4. Portret van Adele Bloch-Bauer - Gustav Klimt

Het Portret van Adèle Bloch-Bauer I is een schilderij van de Oostenrijker Gustav Klimt. Het wordt beschouwd als een topwerk van zijn arbeidsintensieve "gouden stijl", die maar weinig werken heeft voortgebracht. Het is een olieverf op doek schilderij van 138 cm × 138 cm. Klimt werkte er zeker drie volle jaren aan (1904-1907), hij maakte honderden schetsen en verwerkte er echt goud in. Het werk is een duizelingwekkende collage met zwierige art-nouveaukrullen, abstracte geometrie en het ogenmotief van Egyptische goden. Uit die drukke, haast Byzantijnse achtergrond kijkt het moderne gezicht zelfverzekerd maar wat melancholisch. Klimt maakte van Adèle nog een tweede portret, niet in goud maar in felle, modernere kleuren. 


Portret van Adele Bloch-Bauer - Gustav Klimt

3. Woman III - Willem de Kooning

Woman III is a painting by Willem de Kooning. The painting is one of a series of six Kooning paintings made between 1951 and 1953 around the theme of 'women'. The dimensions are 1.7 × 1.2 m and was made in 1953. In November 2006, the painting was sold by Geffen to billionaire Steven A. Cohen for 137.5 million US dollars. That is what Woman III made when it was the second most expensive painting ever.

$ 137,500,000

Woman III - Willem de Kooning

2. No. 5 - Jackson Pollock

Pollock's work is considered to be abstract expressionism, together with that of his contemporary Willem de Kooning. The emphasis on the act of painting is called action painting. The painter provided large canvases lying on the ground with highly rhythmic painting-filling paint patterns (all-over painting). In addition, the paintbrush did not touch the canvas but the paint dripped onto the canvas in capricious strings, which led to the name of this type of work: drippings. This dripping technique became his trademark. The painting was auctioned for 140 million dollars in November 2006, making it number 1 on the list of most expensive auctioned paintings. The canvas was purchased by the Mexican businessman David Martinez.

$ 140,000,000

No. 5 - Jackson Pollock

1. The card players - Cézanne

The card players (Les joueurs des cartes) is a painting by the French painter Paul Cézanne, painted between 1893 and 1896, oil on canvas, 47.5 x 57 centimeters. It shows two men playing cards almost symmetrically opposite each other. The painting is now in the possession of the Musée d'Orsay in Paris. There are two more or less identical versions of the work, one of which is owned by the Courtauld Institute of Art in London and another in private possession. For this latest version, the highest amount ever paid for a painting in 2011 was estimated at between € 180 and € 200 million.

$ 259 million +

De kaartspelers - Cézanne